Bracketology: Virginia vaults to No. 1 overall seed

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Yes, Virginia, you are the No. 1 overall seed in today’s bracket.  Take a bow, you’ve earned it.  The Cavaliers not only keep winning, they’ve just about wrapped up a regular-season ACC title.  Think about this … in a deep, talented league, UVA owns a three-game lead on Clemson and a four-game lead on Duke and Miami.  Impressive no matter how you slice it.

Despite a hiccup each, Villanova and Purdue retain their No. 1 seed positions.  One loss (nor one win) does a resume make.  The Boilermakers can either solidify their spot with a win at Michigan State on Saturday or crack the door further with a loss.

The lower end of the bracket is quirky today with the dearth of ACC teams (10) in the field.  It caused both a procedural bump and a deep dive into the bracketing playbook.  Here’s the latest …

UPDATED: February 9, 2018

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • Houston vs. Syracuse | West Region
  • UCLA vs. NC State West Region
  • NICHOLLS ST vs. ARK-PINE BLUFF | East Region
  • NC-ASHEVILLE vs. NC A&T | South Region

BRACKET PROJECTION 

SOUTH Atlanta     EAST – Boston                          
Charlotte Pittsburgh
1) VIRGINIA 1) VILLANOVA
16) NC-ASHEVILLE / NC A&T 16) NICHOLLS ST / ARK-PB
8) Alabama 8) Michigan
9) Butler 9) NEVADA
Boise San Diego
5) Gonzaga 5) Kentucky
12) E. TENNESSEE ST 12) Virginia Tech
4) West Virginia 4) RHODE ISLAND
13) LOUISIANA 13) BUFFALO
Detroit Charlotte
6) Miami-FL 6) Creighton
11) Kansas State 11) MIDDLE TENNESSEE
3) Michigan State 3) Duke
14) RIDER 14) VERMONT
Nashville Pittsburgh
7) Seton Hall 7) Texas AM
10) Washington 10) TCU
2) AUBURN 2) CINCINNATI
15) CHARLESTON 15) BUCKNELL
WEST – Los Angeles MIDWEST – Omaha
Nashville Detroit
1) Xavier 1) PURDUE
16) FL GULF COAST 16) PENN
8) Texas 8) Arizona State
9) Missouri 9) Providence
San Diego Boise
5) ARIZONA 5) Oklahoma
12) Syracuse / Houston 12) LOYOLA-CHI
4) Ohio State 4) North Carolina
13) BELMONT 13) SOUTH DAKOTA ST
Wichita Dallas
6) SAINT MARY’S 6) Florida State
11) UCLA / NC State 11) NEW MEXICO ST
3) Clemson 3) Tennessee
14) MONTANA 14) WRIGHT STATE
Wichita Dallas
7) Florida 7) Wichita State
10) Louisville 10) Arkansas
2) KANSAS 2) Texas Tech
15) UC-SANTA BARBARA 15) WAGNER

NOTES on the BRACKET: Virginia is the No. 1 overall seed – followed by Villanova, Purdue, and Xavier

Last Four Byes (at large): TCU, Louisville, Kansas State, Virginia Tech

Last Four IN (at large): NC State, UCLA, Houston, Syracuse

First Four OUT (at large): Marquette, USC, LSU, Boise State

Next four teams OUT (at large): Nebraska, Mississippi State, St. Bonaventure, Temple

Breakdown by Conference …

ACC (10): VIRGINIA, Duke, Clemson, North Carolina, Miami-FL, Florida State, Louisville, NC State, Virginia Tech, Syracuse

SEC (8): AUBURN, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Alabama, Texas AM, Missouri, Arkansas

BIG 12 (7): KANSAS, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas, TCU, Kansas State

Big East (6): VILLANOVA, Xavier, Creighton, Seton Hall, Providence, Butler

Big 10 (4): PURDUE, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan

Pac 12 (4): ARIZONA, Arizona State, Washington, UCLA

American (3): CINCINNATI, Wichita State, Houston

West Coast (2): SAINT MARY’S, Gonzaga

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

Atlantic 10 (1): RHODE ISLAND

ONE BID LEAGUES: Loyola-Chicago (MVC), Rider (MAAC), Middle Tennessee (C-USA), Louisiana (SBELT), Pennsylvania (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Wright State (HORIZON), Nicholls State (SLND), East Tennessee State (STHN), UC-Santa Barbara (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), Charleston (CAA), UNC-Asheville (BSO), North Carolina A&T (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Wagner (NEC), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (SWAC)

Bracketing principles: read them for yourself at http://www.ncaa.com.